10 Things To Look Forward To In Sydney This November

Australian state borders are opening, Covid-safe events are popping up, and despite the rainy weekend we just had, summer is swinging on in. There’s a lot to look forward to in November after a spectacularly awful 2020.

Here’s our pick of the best 10 things to do in Sydney this month.

#1 Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden pop-up plant sale


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How about some $5 blooms from none other than Sydney’s most famous garden? They’ll be slinging pink, white and rose princettia from their Calyx display for the first week of November only. You can find more details here.

#2 Check out jacaranda season


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Everyone has been neglecting their ‘Gram this year, mainly because we’ve all been stuck indoors. Give it a boost with an epic backdrop of the stunning Jacaranda purple. They’re in bloom now, and these are the best places around Sydney to snap a cheeky profile picture.

#3 World Vegan Month


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Non-meat food has come a LONG way since I became a vegetarian a couple of decades ago. Whether you’re a herbivore or not, there are several tasty ways to celebrate. Try $6 beers, $1 mac ‘n’ cheese balls, $10 cheesy dogs and more at Australia’s first 100-percent plant-based hotel bar, Alibi.

Or whip yourself up a creamy cocktail with Licor 43 Horchata — basically a vegan Bailey’s, made with tiger nuts.

#4 Sydney Cocktail Festival


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Speaking of cocktails, Opera Bar will play host to Sydney Cocktail Festival. From November 13 to 15, 10 awesome cocktail bars from around Sydney will take over, serving up fun a tasty cocktails. Participating bars include PS40, Double Deuce Lounge, and Mjølner.

With the price of your ticket, you’ll get three drinks, or six half serves if you prefer to have a little taste test. Go nab yours here.

#5 All the film festivals


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Remember film festivals? Well they’re back in Sydney with a vengence this month. There’s the British Film Festival at the end of the month with a newbie featuring Kate Winslet, the Science Fiction Film Festival in mid-November, the Irish Film Festival and the tail end of the Korean Film festival — although the latter is online this year.

#6 Get out of town


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I have one word for you Kim, road trip. If you ask me, the rest of the year and much of the next will be about weekend road trips.

It just happens to be the best time of year for camping on the el cheapo, and there are so many places to choose from: from the beachy haven of the Central Coast, to the bright golden florals of the canola fields out near Cowra.

#7 Meet up at a rooftop bar


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Nothing says summer like sinking a cheeky bevvie or two on a sunny rooftop. Sydney is particularly good at them, and we have some killer views as a bonus. We just happen to have rounded up our favourite 20 here for you, you’re welcome.

#8 Catch some live music again


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Live music is back baby! You just have to be socially distanced, obviously. Merivale’s new seated gig series Live At The Table is bringing a bunch of homegrown talent to The Beresford.

Every other Thursday night, you can catch acts like Lime Cordiale, Milan Ring and Winterbourne. Tickets start at just over $100 and include dinner and the show. Buy them here.

#9 Get a hit of Japan


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We’re all champing at the bit to be able to head overseas again. Personally, in an alternate universe I would have been in Japan last month.

There’s no equivalent, but you can take the edge off (and snap some cute photos, obviously) at the pop-up cherry blossom garden, Sakura Spring, at Manly Wine.

#10 Nab free Ben & Jerry’s


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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of taking its delish ice cream worldwide, Ben & Jerry’s are throwing Dough-vember. Which in real terms means they’re giving away over 35,000 scoops of ice cream around Australia until November 15. Just make sure you register here first — because Covid and social distancing and whatnot.

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